General rules about Indian Railways' Reserved Against Cancelations (RAC) ticketsLast updated on Sep 28, 2018, 07:36 pm
Broadly, there are three types of Railways' tickets, namely- confirmed, RAC and waitlisted tickets.
And given the unending booking requests nowadays, getting a confirmed ticket is not a cakewalk.
In case, booking requests exceed the train's accommodation capacity, the booking shall either fall in RAC or waitlisted categories.
Read on to know the basic rules and regulations about the Reserved Against Cancelations (RAC) tickets.
About the no. of RAC seats; Possibility of making journey
No. of seats: In a normal express train, the total berths under RAC quota are 71. Since, each of these berths shall be shared by two people, the number of RAC seats in such a train would typically be 142.
Journey: One can be sure of making a journey in more than 95% of the cases, though they might have to share the berth.
About getting moved to waitlisted; Categories in RAC tickets
Shift to waitlisted: Though the chances are rare, an RAC ticket might be moved to waitlisted if some coaches are unavailable, due to issues like a technical glitch, leading to a fall in the final number of available berths.
Categories: There's an Emergency Quota (EQ) in RAC train bookings. These are tickets booked by VIPs, Railway Staff etc., which couldn't somehow be confirmed.
Few more rules
A few more rules about RAC tickets
In majority cases, RAC passengers are allotted Side Lower berth seats, however if number of confirmed seats cancelations is quite high, upper or middle berths may be allotted.
Plus, mostly RAC berths are offered on sharing-basis, one might get a solo berth, if the other passenger gets ticket confirmation at last minute.
Ticket status shows two RAC numbers, ie. initial and current RAC numbers.